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Aug. 30, 2016

Police association honoring Northwest Officer Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams, an officer with the Northwest Missouri State University Police Department, is named among the recipients of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) first 40 Under 40 Award.

The 40 Under 40 Award recognizes 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from throughout the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession.

Winners were selected based on criteria that included their capacity for leadership and their demonstration of strong values and commitment to the law enforcement field and to the communities they serve.

“He is an example of what every police officer should be,” said University Police Chief Clarence Green, who nominated Williams for the honor. “Growing up in the urban core of Omaha, Nebraska, has allowed him to have experiences that are difficult to understand. His experiences of being raised in Omaha, accompanied with his education, training and development, have allowed him to make connections with members of our community who traditionally are not supportive of police.”

Williams joined the University Police Department in December 2010 and is a member of its crisis intervention team. During his tenure with the department, Williams has regularly presented to student, faculty and community groups about safety, security policies, self-defense, and drug and alcohol prevention. He also collaborates with enforcement agencies to accomplish goals and assists with field training for new officers.

Williams graduated from the law enforcement academy at Missouri Western State University in 2010 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwest in corporate recreation and wellness in 2012. He is pursuing his Master of Business Administration at Northwest.

The 40 law enforcement professionals selected for the award include heads of security, digital strategists, chiefs, assistant chiefs, special investigators, managers, commissioners, superintendents and captains from all over the world. They represent all levels of law enforcement agencies, including state, local, university, military and federal.

“These 40 law enforcement professionals encompass an outstanding group of law enforcement professionals,” Terrence M. Cunningham, IACP president and chief of the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department, said. “Each one of these individuals was chosen for their commitment to their agencies, their communities and strengthening the law enforcement profession. It is truly an honor to recognize these men and women for their service and the many accomplishments they have achieved so early in their professional careers.” 

Williams and the 2016 IACP 40 Under 40 Award winners will be featured in the September issue of Police Chief magazine and honored Oct. 17 at the 2016 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California. For more information and complete list of the honorees, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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